FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18th, 2016
New City Recycling Resolution Passes Following America Recycles Day
NEW ORLEANS – Following the success of America Recycles Day, New Orleans City Council passed a resolution encouraging increased recycling to reduce the volume of waste sent to landfills. Local recycling community leaders including LifeCity, Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Cajun Encounters, Republic Services, and Whole Foods partnered with District “C” Councilmember Ramsey, Chair of the Committee on Public Works and Sanitation, to promote increased city-wide recycling efforts.
“This initiative hopes to increase recycling efforts, which will support the city’s resilience plan by leveraging sustainability as a growth strategy, supporting more equitable public health outcomes for the community, creating a culture of environmental awareness, and significantly reducing the volume of material disposed at landfills,” said Councilmember Ramsey.
The resolution was developed in response to a recent assessment, which found New Orleans only recycles approximately 5 percent of its waste (eligible for pick-up by the City of New Orleans). This is not only a waste of natural resources but a missed economic opportunity: jobs and revenue generated by recycling. As stated in the resolution, November 15 will now serve as the annual America Recycles Day for the city of New Orleans.
As one of the largest tour companies in New Orleans, Cajun Encounters felt they had an obligation to lead the industry forward in terms of environmental sustainability. They are excited to announce the launch of their new Green Tour in 2017 to help raise awareness and motivate other local businesses to become more green.
“Our City is a city of renewal,” said LifeCIty Founder Liz Shephard. “There’s no reason why we can’t come together as a community and partner to put more resources back into the economy in a way that not only protects our environment but also creates jobs.”
A key partner in increasing recycling services is Republic Services, who announced on America Recycles Day that their material recovery facility will soon triple in capacity.
Citizens and businesses are encouraged to claim they recycle or learn more about recycling by visiting: www.valuelouisiana.com.
City Councilmember Nadine Ramsey speaks in support of expanding city wide recycling at the tour of Republic Serivce’s Material Recycling Facility.
Local businesses gather to learn about recycling and new grease permitting and management requirements from the Sewage & Water Board at Latrobe’s on Royal in the French Quarter